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Chicken Thighs (Hickory Smoked)

Bearcarver

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Chicken Thighs (Hickory Smoked)

First I gotta say, I'm not usually big on chicken, however these thighs were some of the best chicken I have ever eaten.

I'll give a short Step by Step, just to show how I did mine:

I started out with 9 Chick Thighs.
I coated 9 thighs with EVO & a good dose of rub.


The rest went like the following:

1:15PM--------------Fill AMNPS with Hickory Pellets, and light one end.
1:30PM--------------Pre-heat MES 40 to 225˚, and put AMNPS in bottom left.
1:45PM--------------Put all 9 Thighs on one grill rack.
2:00PM--------------Put full rack of Thighs in 2nd position of smoker, and empty rack above it.
3:30PM--------------Change heat to 250˚.
3:30PM--------------Also flipped all thighs over, and lost one to my crummy porch floor (Thigh last seen flying over pet cemetery into woods).

4:15PM--------------Change heat to 275˚.
4:30PM--------------Put Stuffed Taters (Mrs Bear made) in pan on top rack.
5:00PM--------------Remove All from smoker.

BTW: I took them all to 165° or better.

Thanks for looking,
Bear





All Thighs rubbed & ready for smoker:
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Through the Looking Glass:
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Better look of what's going on:
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Stuffed Taters ready for Half hour in smoke:
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Everything pulled from smoker:
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Closer look at thighs:
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Taters smoked & ready to eat:
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Bear's first helping:
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Wow bear that sure looks awesome
do you precook the potatoes or put them in raw
 

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Very tasty looking chow. Your tutorial is nicely done as usual. I have got to get my MES fixed...JJ
 

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Thanks Bear! I haven't even had breakfast yet............. everything looks great as always. Not exactly sure why but, thighs are my least favorite part of a chicken. Don't think I'd have any difficulty putting away a couple pieces of them there thighs though 
 
 

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Wow bear that sure looks awesome
do you precook the potatoes or put them in raw
Thanks Weev!!

Mrs Bear just Bakes the potatoes.

Then cuts them in half.

She scoops the white out, leaving about 1/4" in the skin.

Then she mashes the white part, mixing in a little shredded cheese.

Then she sprinkles little pieces of fried Bacon & some shredded Mozzarella & Cheddar cheese on top.

Bear
 

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Sounds awesome those sure are going on the to do list Although its really not nice to be putting picture that look that good before I have had breakfast
 

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I am very big on chicken , Bear , and yours sounds and looks spectacular! Love those baked potatoes too. That last plate shot is my idea of heaven.
 
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Looks delicious Bear...Nice going!  You've put me in the mood for some chicken...but I'm a breast man 
...I think I'm gonna do something with some boneless breast for dinner.

Red
 

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Very tasty looking chow. Your tutorial is nicely done as usual. I have got to get my MES fixed...JJ
Thank You Jimmy!!!

Bear
 
Thanks Bear! I haven't even had breakfast yet............. everything looks great as always. Not exactly sure why but, thighs are my least favorite part of a chicken. Don't think I'd have any difficulty putting away a couple pieces of them there thighs though 
 
Thanks Joe!!

My tastes are a little strange when it comes to Chicken & Turkey----If I'm just going to eat chicken, thighs are my favorite, but if I'm going to make a Sammy with Mayo or MW, I prefer white meat in the Sammy.

Bear
 

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OK, so what you are saying here is Bear Jr. ain't holding up his end currently?

Why the Q-mat?
 

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I am very big on chicken , Bear , and yours sounds and looks spectacular! Love those baked potatoes too. That last plate shot is my idea of heaven.
THank You Sir!!!

Glad you like it.

Bear
 
Looks delicious Bear...Nice going!  You've put me in the mood for some chicken...but I'm a breast man 
...I think I'm gonna do something with some boneless breast for dinner.

Red
Thanks Red !!!

It's funny how that works in generations-----My Dad was a Breast Man, but both of his Sons are Leg & Thigh men.

Bear
 

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Them taters look killer Bear.

Gonna have to try them.

I love legs and thighs.  My wife eats the breasts.
 

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Looks real good Bear..... Gotta try them taters though, dang those look tasty..... Nice color on them thighs !

Justin
 

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Wow Bear, when you do things, you DO them! And wonderfully!

This was so fun to see and all the pieces through the glass!

Your whole place must have smelled sensational as well!

Great job!

Cheers and here's to a wonderful new week! - Leah
 

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Looks mighty good Bear - especially with those taters! 
Thank You Much!!

Yeah those taters are good, and they really suck up some awesome smoke flavor with light smoke.

Bear
 
OK, so what you are saying here is Bear Jr. ain't holding up his end currently?

Why the Q-mat?
Yup---LOL---That's pretty much the size of it.

That's actually a Frog Mat I got before Q-Mats were available.

I was just trying it, and I'm not impressed---Maybe better with fish.

Bear
 

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Them taters look killer Bear.

Gonna have to try them.

I love legs and thighs.  My wife eats the breasts.
Thanks Adam!!

Bear
Looks real good Bear..... Gotta try them taters though, dang those look tasty..... Nice color on them thighs !

Justin
Thank You Justin!!

Yup those taters are my favorite.

Bear
 

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Thanks for the taters idea, I'm going to make them for an appetizer this weekend when my family is in town. ABT / SBTs around lunch taters mid afternoon, pulled pork for dinner =)
 

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Those look fantastic, Bear!!  Very nice job. One question...how is the skin on the thighs? Does it crisp up at all at the higher temp?  Or if I wanted it crisper, would I need to toss them on a hot grill for a couple of minutes?
 

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